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Hiking Day at Manoa Falls in Hawaii

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Me at Manoa Falls in Hawaii.

Me at Manoa Falls in Hawaii.

Hello! Welcome to my hiking adventure at Manoa Falls in Honolulu, Hawaii! Manoa Falls is one of the most popular hikes in the Honolulu area. It takes about 1 to 2 hours to get to the falls and back. This solely depends on you — how fit you are, fast, and what you plan to do in the area. There tends to be a crowd of people at the falls, so take that into consideration as well. The distance to get to the falls and back is around 1.5 miles. It didn’t take me that long to finish the trail. I consider myself pretty fit and hike all the time!

What is Manoa Falls?

Manoa Falls is a 150 foot waterfall. See above, I’m right next to it! It looks gorgeous! 🙂

Location:

It is located in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Manoa Falls Map

Manoa Falls Map

Parking:

Parking is available. It is $5. You can park on residential streets too and walk to the falls (if spots are open).

Manoa Falls Parking Map

Manoa Falls Parking Map

You’ll receive a ticket like this after paying for the parking fee. It says to park & lock your car. Place validated ticket with date stamp clearly visible on dashboard, so don’t just stash it in your bag or toss it out, lol.

My ticket to Manoa Falls!

My ticket to Manoa Falls!

Let’s begin the hike!!

Watch your step and let’s go!

Let's go! Follow the arrow! Manoa Falls Trail.

Let’s go! Follow the arrow!

Manoa Falls is called a rainforest for a good reason (see pictures below). When I was there, the path was wet and muddy. It felt like I just walked into the jungle, haha! It rained the whole time…

Photos of my grand adventure at Manoa Falls!

More signs to keep people safe. Please follow the signs and rules. Don’t get hurt!

More signs at Manoa Falls.

More signs at Manoa Falls.

Watch out for falling rocks! Manoa Falls.

Watch out for falling rocks!

I observed a beautiful leaf. Manoa Falls.

I observed a beautiful leaf.

I have reached the falls at Manoa Falls!

150 foot of water flushing down against rocks! Stunning!

The magnificent 150 foot waterfall! Manoa Falls.

The magnificent 150 foot waterfall!

Watch it live here!

Learning about Manoa Falls on the spot.

Learning about Manoa Falls on the spot.

Thinking about swimming at Manoa Falls? Don’t. It’s advised not to swim in the water due to catching Leptospirosis, which is a bacteria in the water that can make you sick! Caution: Rocks can fall and slide around this area too. Stay safe and be aware of your surroundings.

Did you know?

Some scenes from 1993’s Jurassic Park was filmed at this location due to the jungle scenery. Also, the show Lost.

Note to self: Don't wear light colored shoes. Manoa Falls. Hawaii.

Note to self: Don’t wear light colored, favorite shoes next time.

Hang loose, baby! Manoa Falls. Hawaii.

Hang loose, baby!

Another accomplishment achieved in this lifetime. Hiking and reaching Manoa Falls is off of my bucketlist! This was a wonderful experience. I might even do it again next time when I’m in the area. Beautiful. A breath of fresh air from my typical, standard hikes I’ve done. This one is very special. I will remember it forever! I highly recommend doing this hike if you’re in Honolulu, Hawaii! Awesome, awesome!

Have you been to Manoa Falls? How was it? Share your experience with me!!

Travel Tips:

  1. Wear appropriate attire. Don’t wear good-looking shoes like me, haha! I didn’t know any better. That was all I had anyways. 🙁
  2. Wear mosquito repellent.
  3. Bring extra water, towels, clothes, shoes in your car. It gets wet, muddy, and dirty.
  4. Weather can be rainy and drizzly. If so, expect to get soaked and wet.
  5. Be careful hiking the rocks and steps. It gets slippery when wet.
  6. Swimming in the falls is highly not recommended due to bacteria Leptospirosis. You don’t want to catch the flu!
  7. 1993’s Jurassic Park and Lost was filmed here. Hello Jungle!

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